Native Women Changing Their Worlds

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Book Publishing Company
  • Series: Native Trailblazers
  • Themes:Indigenous, Native American, OwnVoices, women's rights, determination
  • Available:05/25/2021
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 12+
  • Reading Level:9
  • Lexile:1160L
Native women have filled their communities with strength and leadership, both historically and as modern-day warriors. The 12 Native American and First Nations women featured in this book overcame unimaginable hardships—racial and gender discrimination, abuse and extreme poverty—only to rise to great heights in the fields of politics, science, education and community activism. Such determination and courage reflect the essence of the traditional Cheyenne saying, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.” The impressive accomplishments of these 12 dynamic women provide inspiration for all. B/W photos.

Ashley Callingbull Burnham (Enoch Cree Nation)
Henrietta Mann, PhD (Southern Cheyenne)
Ruth Anna Buffalo (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation)
Elouise Pepion Cobell (Blackfeet)
Loriene Roy, PhD (Anishinabe, White Earth Reservation)
Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk Nation)
Roberta Jamieson (Kanyen'kehà:ka, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory)
Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna)
Elsie Marie Knott (Mississauga Ojibwe)
Mary Golda Ross (Cherokee)
Heather Dawn Thompson (Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux)
Emily Washines (Yakama Nation with Cree and Skokomish lineage)
“Each entry includes a quote, each woman’s awards and honors, and their given Native name alongside English translations…. This useful resource will help fill a void.”
– Booklist
“Inspiring portraits of accomplished Indigenous women who have achieved success in many fields. . . . They have overcome racial and gender discrimination, poverty, abuse, and other obstacles to become leaders in their professions and communities. . . . These remarkable stories will serve as catalysts, propelling young people to seek the potential they have within themselves.”
– Kirkus
American Indians in Children's Literature - Middle Grade   | 2021  |  Commended
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award   | 2022  |  Short-listed